The safety and security of our students assumes paramount importance for us more so in these tough times. And such responsibility does not end within the Chatralayam, school and college premises.
While only 16% of our students are staying behind, we are happy to share that all our field coordinators are in regular touch with all students who have gone back home on a daily basis. In Madhya Pradesh, only 15% of the students remain across the Chatralayams in Katni, Indore, Kareli and Khategaon. The field coordinator is not only ensuring the safety of these students but is also in regular communication with other students who have reached back home. The field coordinator is constantly educating students at the Chatralayam and those back home on best practices related to personal hygiene and how to maintain adequate social distance.
Similarly, up north in Uttarakhand, only 4 girls remain at the Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Girls, Dehradun, Uttarakhand. The hostel coordinator is with the girls round the clock and the cook in the hostel ensures the girls are provided with 3 nutritious meals everyday. The field coordinator in the region is in close touch with the students and hostel coordinator on a continuous basis.
The students who are remaining at our Chatralayams are those who have not yet completed their board examinations (Class 10 and 12) or those who come in from distant locations. The country went into a lockdown from March 25 for 21 days to combat Covid-19. At our end, students who had to travel long distances back home continued to stay put at the Chatralayam. In case of high school students, we are awaiting Government notification on the status of the remaining board exams.
As a safety precaution, over 54% of our Chatralayam have a CCTV (close-circuited camera television) in their premises and this device is also coming to the rescue of the coordinators in Covid-19 times. There are 19 boys who continue to stay at the Wardha Chatralayam in Maharashtra and their activities and movements (like maintaining adequate social distance) is monitored continuously by the coordinator from Nagpur via the CCTV.
And our implementation partner on ground, Swami Dayananda Educational Trust (SDET) is also leaving no stone unturned in ensuring that we come out of Covid-19, virus free.
SDET manages two schools and one college located in 2 villages in Tiruvarur district in Tamil Nadu. All educational institutions are shut in the region and the students are back home in their villages. The principal in-charge of the Swami Dayananda College of Arts & Science, Manjakkudi, Tamil Nadu, as well as senior staff of SDET are in constant touch with students and their families, updating them on the latest with respect to personal hygiene and social distancing measures. Other workers associated with SDET projects like the Goshala care keepers and most importantly, janitors and cleaners are being constantly advised on personal hygiene and how to maintain the surrounding environment, neat and clean in such times.